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November 20, 2013 11:43:21 PM

I am willing to buy a ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87 for my customize desktop. But now I am considering whether the armor will cause it raise temperature. In addition, does Corsair Hydro Series H110 or Corsair Hydro Series Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler H100i suitable with my build? If does, which one is better? Oh, my cpu should be i7-4770k. Thanks

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November 21, 2013 12:10:23 AM
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You didn't actually ask a question about the fan but I'll guess.

The Sabertooth Z87 includes two small fans to remove the heat, so yes the thermal armor does raise the temp next to the board.

I personally use the Thermal Radar software to STOP the fans unless the temp hits 50degC (hasn't yet) and for 1 minute on shutdown (every time). You don't want the fans on in normal use as they are really annoying (I have the Z77 version but I assume they're the same).

H100i
That cooler is fine, however any liquid cooler removes the air flow from near the CPU so the motherboard CPU VRM's can get pretty hot, so I have a bit of problem with that. I also like my CPU fan to flow air across my System RAM but I don't know if that's needed as there's still some air flow via the radiator fans.

The i7-4770K can be slightly overclocked to 4.2GHz without voltage increase (my recommended setting) and use a pretty inexpensive cooler. You'll still want to sort out a fan profile to auto-adjust the speed (Thermal Radar).

Here's a great little CPU cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Alternative motherboard:
I like the Asus Maximus Hero VI. It has SupremeFX audio. The Sabertooth does have that 5-year Warranty but otherwise the "armor" is mostly a gimmick though it does protect against clumsy people holding screwdrivers and possibly insane cats.
November 21, 2013 1:16:48 AM

H100i has 2X120mm fans which makes 24cm radiator.
H110i has 2X140mm which means 28cm radiator and that is 4cm longer.

its up to the case that you're gonna use.
mine was not supporting H110i.

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November 21, 2013 2:36:15 PM

photonboy said:
You didn't actually ask a question about the fan but I'll guess.

The Sabertooth Z87 includes two small fans to remove the heat, so yes the thermal armor does raise the temp next to the board.

I personally use the Thermal Radar software to STOP the fans unless the temp hits 50degC (hasn't yet) and for 1 minute on shutdown (every time). You don't want the fans on in normal use as they are really annoying (I have the Z77 version but I assume they're the same).

H100i
That cooler is fine, however any liquid cooler removes the air flow from near the CPU so the motherboard CPU VRM's can get pretty hot, so I have a bit of problem with that. I also like my CPU fan to flow air across my System RAM but I don't know if that's needed as there's still some air flow via the radiator fans.

The i7-4770K can be slightly overclocked to 4.2GHz without voltage increase (my recommended setting) and use a pretty inexpensive cooler. You'll still want to sort out a fan profile to auto-adjust the speed (Thermal Radar).

Here's a great little CPU cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Alternative motherboard:
I like the Asus Maximus Hero VI. It has SupremeFX audio. The Sabertooth does have that 5-year Warranty but otherwise the "armor" is mostly a gimmick though it does protect against clumsy people holding screwdrivers and possibly insane cats.


Well, thanks a lot. You totally change my mind. Would you mind recommended a pc case for me? I maybe go gtx 7xx sli with air cooling.
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November 21, 2013 6:05:40 PM

Case?

There are so many different cases at different price points. I like many of the Corsair ones.

I'd probably get the Corsair 600T if I was buying now, or similar.

There are cheaper cases, but here are some examples of ones over $100:
a) http://www.corsair.com/en/pc-cases/graphite-series-pc-c...

b) http://www.corsair.com/en/pc-cases/vengeance-series-gam...

c) http://www.corsair.com/en/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-ca...

Points:
- USB3 front panel a must
- quick release side panels are great (no screws)
- window on side?
- side fans?
- cable management system recommended
- is width/height an issue?
- *Make sure graphics card fits
- color?
- liquid cooling mount in case you want that in the future?
November 21, 2013 7:02:23 PM

photonboy said:
Case?

There are so many different cases at different price points. I like many of the Corsair ones.

I'd probably get the Corsair 600T if I was buying now, or similar.

There are cheaper cases, but here are some examples of ones over $100:
a) http://www.corsair.com/en/pc-cases/graphite-series-pc-c...

b) http://www.corsair.com/en/pc-cases/vengeance-series-gam...

c) http://www.corsair.com/en/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-ca...

Points:
- USB3 front panel a must
- quick release side panels are great (no screws)
- window on side?
- side fans?
- cable management system recommended
- is width/height an issue?
- *Make sure graphics card fits
- color?
- liquid cooling mount in case you want that in the future?


Thank you. All your recommendations are quite nice. You talked about side fan and cooling. So If I decide to get GTX 780TI sli, is that necessary for me to have side fans with air cooling? Is that too noisy to use?
November 22, 2013 2:11:30 AM

thermaltake level 10 GT Battle edition is also a good choice...
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November 26, 2013 11:39:17 AM

Side fans:
I would recommend a large side fan (140mm or greater) which is attached to one of the motherboard FAN controllers. In fact, all your case fans should be if possible (I replaced some of my built-in fans with suitable PWM fans).

You may have to play around to determine what is better for the side panel, INTAKE or EXHAUST. I recommend running a benchmark in a loop while monitoring the GPU temperature (once your fan profiles are all sorted for auto control). Try as exhaust and as intake to determine what's best.

In general, you want the overall INTAKE of air to the case to be at the same flow rate as the EXHAUST but local cooling needs can disrupt this.
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